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Carolinas Four Ball: McClellan and Channell take it
06 May 2007
see also: Carolinas Four-Ball Golf Championship, Camden Country Club

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CAMDEN, SC (May 6, 2007)-- 2006 Carolinas Amateur Champion Scott McClellan and partner Dean Channell, both of Cary, NC held off finalists Taylor Hough of Spartanburg, SC and Daniel Neveu of Pinehurst, NC to win the Carolinas Four-Ball Championship, 2 & 1.

McClellan and Channell never trailed in the match gaining only a two-up advantage at any time.

Birdies were the order of business on the front nine, but high winds later in the day presented a rebellious back nine. Both teams threw out seven birdies on their first nine holes as McClellan and Channell turned with a one-up lead.

Neither team won a back-nine hole until a Hough birdie squared the match at 14. Channell countered with a par win on 15. McClellan sealed the 2 & 1 win with a 12-foot birdie on the par-4 17th.

To reach the finals, the champions knocked off reigning North Carolina Four Ball champions Brian and Mark Gauley; reigning Carolinas Mid-Amateur champion Walter Todd and partner Rick Cloninger; 2006 Carolinas Amateur runner-up (to McClellan) Whit Massey and partner Nick Hughey; and defending champions Robert and David Dargan.

"We had a tough bracket to get to the finals," said Channell. "So that made this win that much special."

--Story courtesy CGA

ABOUT THE Carolinas Four-Ball

The Four-Ball Championship of the Carolinas is a perennial favorite with the Carolina's best amateur golfers. Two rounds of Four-Ball stroke play format (one best ball of the two) determine the 32 teams to advance to match play. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who is a legal resident of one of the Carolinas, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current (within 90 days of opening date) USGA handicap index at a CGA member club. The championship team receives merchandise, trophies and names inscribed on the Hale Van Hoy Trophy. Stroke play qualifying medalists’ names will be inscribed on the Joe B. McCarley Cup. Additional prizes are awarded to all match play contestants.

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